Friday, April 29, 2011

Cartwheels of joy in Westminster Abbey

And speaking of the spirit of Diana, Princess of Wales, this is precisely the sort of exuberance and informality she would have loved:
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing (Ps 30:11)

And David danced before the LORD with all his might (2Sam 6:14)
This anonymous verger is probably about to become a global superstar. It is so wonderfully Anglican. After the restraint of reverence, discretion, sobriety and reflection on the the fear of God, we witness the affirmation of unbridled joy. But this man is not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only three in the afternoon (cf Acts 2:15).


Blogger English Viking said...

Excellent. God bless him.

29 April 2011 at 17:32  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

Isaiah 28:27 For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.

Always a right tool for the right job eh :oD

29 April 2011 at 17:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In one joyous moment, the wonder, the eccentricity, the dottiness, the sheer Englishness of the established church. It's been a magical day to be an Anglican.

29 April 2011 at 17:37  
Blogger The Mommy Chronicles said...

How truly magical, whimsical and wonderful. Love it! And love my church's humo(u)r

29 April 2011 at 17:43  
Anonymous William said...

What a glorious celebration of heterosexual union under God.

I am deeply moved.

29 April 2011 at 17:56  
Anonymous not a machine said...

pure joy !

Although Mr fawkes caption comp needed so little to add.I am sure Peter Hain must be pleased that such revealing coverage be given to his leader and partys abilities. I just wonder if the entertainer had a round of applause when he turned his pockets inside out , to show they were empty , and all the full of wind ,sausage balloon animals had burst and the children began crying.

Still not a day for cyniscsm well done to the verger .

29 April 2011 at 18:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it really so unlikely that he has been drinking?

Remember the old saying "Where ever two or three Anglicans are gathered, there's a fifth."

:-) :-)

It is a good day to be an Anglican. This Anglican from across the pond seconds the motion.


29 April 2011 at 18:23  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

It was probably for a bet. :)

29 April 2011 at 19:20  
Anonymous Gordo said...

Excellent, muscular Christianity.

29 April 2011 at 19:24  
Blogger The Gray Monk said...

Terrific - this Verger should get a medal, he makes me proud to be Anglican.

29 April 2011 at 20:14  
Anonymous William said...

Didn't Boris say it was a dry run for the Olympics?

29 April 2011 at 20:37  
Anonymous Hereward said...

It can be so testing being an Anglican much of the time, but today (or yesterday) was an inspiration. And so pleasing to note the use of the old prayer book rather than some insipid modern liturgy.

Praise the Lord! God save the Queen!

Did anyone else see C4 news? Jon Snow leading a discussion about whether there were enough people of dusky complexion in the Abbey. Words fail me...

30 April 2011 at 00:55  
Anonymous non mouse said...

What a riot!! Agree with all the comments here ... Whoever is the self-righteous eurotwerp parroting "Caught on CCTV. What is the penalty for this sort of behaviour?"

Another lovely thing about today has been the dearth of euro-rags among the bunting!!! Are there lessons here, about what it takes to get us out demonstrating in the streets; wrapped in our own flags, even?

I see the day as a wonderful review, in the sense that it places before us everything we are - and highlights how we participate in the continuity of our very own, very wonderful history. How special to see that both William and Kate are sensitive in that way: extra blessings to them for their gesture at the Cenotaph.

Gosh - even the vile politicians couldn't spoil anything. They just showed up as what they are. And I got to direct a couple of expletives at DC's fat face! :) :) Does he know the National Anthem's about the HM and not him? He seems not to know "Jerusalem" ...

Thank you, Your Grace for the liturgy; and thanks to the Abbey for preserving all its beauties.

Oh - and ... thanks to those glorious horses: the expressions on their faces tell it all! So blessings on those who take care of them, too...

30 April 2011 at 02:25  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Fantastic display of exuberance. Well done that man.

30 April 2011 at 07:07  
Anonymous len said...

Diana would certainly have approved,a breath of fresh air amongst the formalities.
Make that man the A B of C.!

30 April 2011 at 07:38  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Only a shame that such exuberant joy wasn't evident in the delivery of the ceremony & prayers.

Why does Anglican liturgy have to be delivered in such monotone solemnity?

30 April 2011 at 22:39  
Anonymous francis said...

So, RS, you'd have preferred it if the T-Mobile fake video had been the real thing?

1 May 2011 at 00:43  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

@Francis... er, no! When did I suggest that? If you think the alternative to monotone solemnity is street dance then you must have a very limited range of self-expression!

The liturgy & prayers were delivered with exactly the same dreary expression as they would have been at a funeral. Such a shame. Where's the feeling, the passion, the exuberance?

1 May 2011 at 01:48  
Anonymous francis said...

"Where's the feeling, the passion, the exuberance?"

In its proper place, I would hope, i.e. at the subsequent party.

Ah well. I suppose some of us just have a taste for monotone solemnity.

1 May 2011 at 13:09  

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